Barnsley: Danny Wilson wants his young Reds to be ready for a derby battle against Doncaster Rovers

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Danny Wilson has revealed some of his players will seek enlightenment in this Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby clash with Doncaster Rovers.

The Reds take on Rovers at the Keepmoat boosted by a confidence-boosting 2-0 win over Yeovil Town last Saturday.

But Wilson knows this weekend’s clash will be a big test for the young players in his side who have never experienced an intimidating derby atmosphere before.

“There’s quite a few of the lads who have never been in a derby game before so in that respect, you’ve got to enlighten them of what to expect and the intensity of the game,” revealed Wilson.

“Overall, one or two will need a bit of help - some won’t, some will understand and hopefully they’ll pass on their experience as well.

“A lot of them [new recruits] seem like they’ve been here a long time. That’s the type of group we’ve got - they’re very accommodating and very open and have embraced anyone that’s come in.”

And Wilson, who could have centre-back Peter Ramage back from injury ahead of the weekend, knows Rovers will present a tough challenge for his team.

“They’re [Doncaster] a very good footballing side. They’ve got some good individuals and, going forward, they’re very, very good.

“Particularly at home, they’ll be a tough team to beat. But we fancy ourselves, especially because we played well against them earlier in the season.

“Taking that into account and what we’ve got now as a squad, with one or two additions we’ve added over the past week, we’re hoping we can cause them some problems as well.”

Wilson has no injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, but could bring in another new player ahead of the match with Rovers.

“We’re very similar to how we were last weekend,” added Wilson. “There won’t be a great deal of change I wouldn’t have thought.

“Obviously the game itself, being a derby game, will have a bit of spice to it.

“But we’re looking forward to it, but as far as personnel changes go I don’t think there’ll be a great deal.”

Meanwhile, Reds youngster George Smith is relishing every moment in the first team.

Left-back Smith has been given the chance to shine due to injuries and can’t wait to feature against Rovers.

“It’s [playing in the first team] been something I wasn’t expecting to be honest,” admitted Smith.

“2014 wasn’t really my year to be honest. I broke my toe and was out for a while, but then I’ve been given a chance to play and loved it.

“I’ve grown into the role of playing in the first team and I just want to keep improving.

“I honestly thought I’d struggle to terms with making the jump up, but I’ve really enjoyed it and I feel as though I’ve taken to playing in League One.”

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